Bison Knock Off Rogers State

February 28, 2008


OBU's win, coupled with Oklahoma City's win at Northwestern and Southern Nazarene's win at Wayland Baptist, pushed the Bison out of the tie with NWOSU and RSU and into a tie for third place with Wayland Baptist.

A win Saturday at John Brown would make the Bison the third seed in the SAC Tournament. OBU split with Wayland Baptist, but has the tiebreaker, based on a win over Oklahoma City University.

Rogers State came into the game with three wins in their last four road games, but the Bison had the answer on Senior Night - sending seniors Evan Grace, Brian Hill and Jamar Fortune out with a bang.

"This was as good a win as we've had in a couple of years," said OBU coach Doug Tolin. "Our guys really came out and played well. Defensively, we did a great job."

The Bison held Rogers State to its third-lowest point total of the season.

"We were plus-10 on our turnovers (17-7) and that's huge for us," Tolin said. "I thought taking care of the ball was very important."

Brent Jones led the Bison with 23 points, stepping up at the right time for the Bison.

"This was a real big win," said Jones. "We came out and played for our seniors. It was good to get the win for them. I'm happy I got to play with them. They've taught me a lot."

OBU never trailed in the game after Hill and Al Moore gave OBU a 4-0 lead in the first 61 seconds. The Bison opened up a nine-point lead with a 7-0 run capped by a dunk by Jones.

OBU carried a 33-26 lead into halftime.

RSU cut OBU's lead to four, but Grace answered with a three-pointer to begin a 8-2 run - the latter five points coming from Jones for a 44-34 lead with 15:08 left.

The Bison built the lead up to 16 points after a 6-0 run, capped by a dunk by Charles Carter with 4:48 left in the game.

Joining Jones in double figures were Hill and Moore with 13 each. Moore also had a game-high nine boards.

Now 21-8 overall and 13-8 in the SAC, the Bison play at John Brown Saturday at 3 p.m.

Oklahoma Baptist 69, Rogers State University 56

Oklahoma Baptist

Brent Jones 8-17 3-4 21; Brian Hill 5-8 3-3 13; Al Moore 4-11 5-8 13; Justin Williams 2-5 3-6 7; Aaron Perez 3-4 1-4 7; Evan Grace 1-7 2-2 5; Charles Carter 1-5 1-2 3; Jamar Fortune 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler Parker 0-0 0-0 0; Mirko Vojinovic 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 24-57 18-29 69.

Rogers State University

Aldric Reynolds 5-11 2-4 14; Abram Donlon 5-8 2-6 14; Sylvester Spicer 4-9 0-1 8; Eric Young 3-7 1-4 7; Bryson Krueger 3-8 0-1 6; Roderick Rodgers 1-4 2-3 5; Maurice Rutherford 1-1 0-0 2; James Coats 0-0 0-0 0; Chris Francis 0-0 0-0 0; Camaron Dearinger 0-0 0-0 0; Joey Twilley 0-0 0-0 0; Spencer Schrupp 0-0 0-0 0; Mark Peaden 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 22-48 7-19 56.

Oklahoma Baptist 33 36 - 69

Rogers State University 26 30 - 56

3-point goals-Oklahoma Baptist 3-12 (Brent Jones 2-3; Evan Grace 1-6; Justin Williams 0-3) , Rogers State University 5-10 (Aldric Reynolds 2-4; Abram Donlon 2-3; Roderick Rodgers 1-2; Eric Young 0-1) . Fouled out--Oklahoma Baptist-None, Rogers State University-Eric Young. Rebounds-Oklahoma Baptist 36 (Al Moore 9) , Rogers State University 35 (Abram Donlon 9) . Assists-Oklahoma Baptist 11 (Evan Grace 4) , Rogers State University 8 (Aldric Reynolds 3) . Total Fouls-Oklahoma Baptist 18, Rogers State University .